Title: NIBI IS WATER / nibi aawan nbiish
Author & Illustrator: JOANNE ROBERTSON
Translators: SHIRLEY WILSON and ISADORE TOULOUSE
Genre: CHILDREN’S NON-FICTION, CANADIAN NON-FICTION, INDIGENOUS NON-FICTION, ENVIRONMENT, WATER, INDIGENOUS AUTHOR
Length: 28 PAGES
Publisher: SECOND STORY PRESS
Received From: NETGALLEY
Release Date: APRIL 14, 2020
Price: $10.95 Hardcover with Jacket
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A first conversation about the importance of Nibi—which means water in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)—and our role to thank, respect, love, and protect it.
Babies and toddlers can follow Nibi as it rains and snows, splashes or rows, drips and sips.
Written from an Anishinaabe water protector’s perspective, the book is in dual languages — English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe).
Beautifully yet simply illustrated, NIBI IS WATER is a gorgeous primer about water and it’s sacred role in Indigenous culture.
This book is being marketed as a children’s book, but it is also a terrific resource for those who are interested in learning a few important words in the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) traditional language.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if people in Canada (and elsewhere) picked an Indigenous language and learned to speak it fluently. I, for one, would love to learn to speak this lyrical and gentle language. After reading this book and repeating the words outloud over and over again, I have made my first steps to making this a reality.
As I was reading through the pages and enjoying the incredible artwork, I was wishing that there was a pronunciation guide. Little did I know that my wish was about to be granted. On the final page of the book is a pronunciation primer that spells out each word phonetically. I was very pleased.
Canada’s shameful history of it’s treatment of Indigenous peoples has been exposed, but has not yet been fully stopped. Water is life and too many Indigenous lands contain polluted and contaminated water supplies. This needs to be fixed and reading and purchasing books such as this one is a start.
I rate NIBI IS WATER as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and would like to thank NetGalley and Orbit Books for providing me with a free advance copy of this book.
Pre-Order your copy today and come back and let me know what you thought of it once it officially releases in April 2020.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.
She received her Fine Arts degree from Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. Joanne is the founder of the Empty Glass for Water campaign to bring attention to the drinking water crisis in Indigenous communities across Canada.
She produced a film about the water crisis called “Glass Action”. Today she works as a research assistant at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and continues to support the water walks through live GPS spotting to make sure the water is safe.
Joanne was chosen as the winner of a writing award. Read the article by clicking HERE.
Joanne lives near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
To learn more about this author, visit the following links:
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Indigenous Literary Studies Association
LINKS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:
Two Anishinaabe Grandmothers, and a group of Anishinaabe Women and Men have taken action regarding the water issue by walking the perimeter of the Great Lakes. Along with a group of Anishinaabe Kwe and supports, they walked around Lake Superior in Spring 2003, around Lake Michigan in 2004, Lake Huron in 2005, Lake Ontario in 2006 and Lake Erie in 2007, Lake Michigan in 2008, and the St. Lawrence River in 2009.
Mother Earth Water Walkers
Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association (SASA)
The objectives of SASA are:
- To provide cultural, social & academic support for all Anishinaabe students.
- To increase Anishinaabe student participation in all aspects of the university.
- To encourage communication with other Anishinaabe post-secondary organizations.
- To assist Anishinaabe students with adjusting to the university environment.
- To strengthen cultural awareness between Anishinaabe students and non-Anishinaabe students.
In May, 2010 history was made when a document was signed between SASA and the Algoma University Students’ Union. It is a commitment to promote Anishinaabe self-determination. “This monumental agreement stabilizes and recognition for the Anishinaabe Student Association, and will promote and encourage students to self-identify as Anishinaabe. It is meant to build a stronger Students’ Union and movement. This ‘commitment to solidarity’ (Gwii Nandogikendaanaan) will also lead to greater inclusion of Anishinaabe students as representatives on Union and University Subcommittees.” (see Media Release http://www.algomau.ca/news/2010/05/03/279)
Algoma University Students’ Union (AUSU)
The Algoma University Students’ Union represents over 1,000 students on both the Sault Ste Marie and Brampton, Ontario campuses of Algoma University. AUSU is Local 82 of the Canadian Federation of Students.
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)
The Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Federation of Students-Services were formed in 1981 to provide students with an effective and united voice, provincially and nationally. At the time, it was recognized that for students to be truly effective in representing their collective interests to the federal and provincial governments, it was vital to unite under one banner. Today, over one-half million students from more than 80 university and college students’ unions across Canada belong to the Federation.
The Council of Canadians, Water
The Right to Water
Safe Water for First Nations
Making Waves Blog, Analysis of Canadian water politics by the Council of Canadians’ national water campaigner.
Katie Ungard, Women and Environment Youth Eco-Intern, Muskoka YWCA
Katie Ungard is the Women and Environment Youth Eco-Intern at the YWCA in Muskoka. As part of her work she will be speaking with women in the Muskoka district about water. Keep up to date with her work through this link…